How a nuclear war in Korea could start, and how it might end

The Economist – An interesting scenario of nuclear conflict between the U.S. and North Korea.

North Korea submarine fires ballistic missile

BBC – North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from a submarine off its east coast, say the US and South Korea.

North Korea and Asymmetric Naval Warfare

CIMSEC – There are few detailed analyses of whether the Korean People’s Navy (KPN) – the maritime force of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) – could employ asymmetric warfare to counter the technological superiority of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and its US allies.

North Korea faked sub-launched missile test footage

Reuters – Footage of a North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test released by Pyongyang two days after it announced it had conducted the country’s fourth nuclear test last week was faked, according to an analysis by a California-based think tank.

North Korea Conducts Successful Submarine Missile Test

Washington Free Beacon – North Korea’s military carried out a successful ejection test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile recently, an indication that an earlier test failure has not derailed the underwater missile program.

North Korea’s Ongoing Massive Submarine Deployment Is Worrisome

Foxtrot Alpha – After what was seemingly a three week march toward war between North and South Korea, which ended in an agreement followed by handshakes, smiles and supposedly a draw-down in both sides war-time footing, one question still remains — where is the majority of North Korea’s submarine fleet?

Seoul detects 50 North Korean subs leaving bases

Korea Times – Fifty North Korean submarines have left their bases since Saturday, hours before high-level inter-Korea talks took place at the truce village of Panmunjeom the same day.

North Korea ‘test-fires submarine-launched missile’

BBC – North Korea says it has successfully tested a submarine-launched missile, which if confirmed would be a significant boost in its arsenal.

North Korean Navy – North Korea’s Sea-Based Deterrent

USNI News – Recent reports that North Korea is developing submarines based on obsolete Golf-II class Soviet-era submarines has gained worldwide attention. However obsolete, it is reported that North Korea had invested its time in “examining and replicating” the missile-launch system of the Soviet-era subs. Hence, these submarines would be able to fire ballistic missiles. In fact, reports confirm that Pyongyang already is developing a vertical-launch system for submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). Raising further concerns about that is the fact that North Korean ballistic missiles could be armed with nuclear warheads.

North Korean Navy – North Korea’s Asymmetric Submarine Doctrine

The Diplomat – While North Korean submarines may be technologically dated, its access denial strategy can still be effective.

North Korean Navy – New NKorea warships seen in satellite images

AP – Recent satellite images show two new North Korean frigates, the largest surface combat ships the nation’s navy has constructed in a quarter-century.

North Korean Navy – North Korea scraps South Korea military safeguard pact

BBCNorth Korea scraps South Korea military safeguard pact

North Korea has announced it will scrap an agreement aimed at preventing accidental naval clashes with South Korea, amid rising tensions over the sinking of a South Korean warship.

North Korean Navy – 'North Korean torpedo' sank South's navy ship – report

BBC‘North Korean torpedo’ sank South’s navy ship – report

A North Korean submarine’s torpedo sank a South Korean navy ship on 26 March causing the deaths of 46 sailors, an international report has found.

EconomistTheir number is up

Evidence that North Korea torpedoed the Cheonan puts it—and China—on the spot.

North Korean Navy – Four Reasons North Korea Won't Stop Being a Pain in the World's Ass

EsquireFour Reasons North Korea Won’t Stop Being a Pain in the World’s Ass

Thomas P.M. Barnett writes that this week’s tests were a local propaganda success gone globally awry, and a foreign-policy expert has bad news for us: The totalitarian, war-crime-worthy Pyongyang government and its cult of personality aren’t going away anytime soon — unless, of course, Obama calls Kim Jong-Il’s bluff.

North Korean Navy – North Korea Threatens Attack on South

Washington PostNorth Korea Threatens Attack on South

North Korea vowed Wednesday to attack South Korea if its ships are searched as part a U.S.-led effort to interdict vessels carrying missiles or weapons of mass destruction. It also declared that the truce that ended the Korean War was no longer valid.

North Korean Navy – N. Korea warns of naval conflict

CNN – North Korea has accused the South’s navy of staging a serious provocation that could lead to a maritime conflict.
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North Korean Navy – N Korea missiles 'could reach US'

BBC – North Korea is in the process of developing a new missile system for ships or submarines, according to a report in Jane’s Defence Weekly.

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